NBC’s The Wall – Markov Simulation

NBC’s game show The Wall debuted at the New Year and is effectively a mix of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Plinko rolled into one. With its high suspense and random action, it’s been a relative hit for NBA, garnering a 1.5/5 to 1.6/6 rating/share in the Nielsen polls. Note: For those who are unfamiliar…

Analysis of Fatal Police Shootings

On August 29, 2014, Michael Brown, an 18-year old black male, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a 28-year old white male police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri, after an altercation stemming from a pedestrian stop relative to a recent robbery in the vicinity. The shooting, mixed with contradictory testimony from several onlookers, ignited civil unrest with focus…

How Much Does Your Vote Count?

With a daunting election looming this November, a common question has been whether to cast a vote for either Trump (R), Clinton (D), Johnson (L), Stein (G), or another viable candidate. In this edition, we take a look at the weight of your vote. Vote Apportioning Votes are apportioned by a mixture of the population…

Straight Outta Compton: Simple Lyric Analysis

It has been slightly over 27 years since NWA’s Straight Outta Compton was released on August 9th, 1988. The ground-breaking album contained a series of 13 tracks that spanned over 60 minutes of beats and (at the time) unthinkable lyrics. The six members at the time: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella,…

Confusion Matrices: Building a Diversity Index

Back in 2013, Wired put forth an article detailing an effort by Dustin Cable at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center about mapping a point distribution of races in the United States. The map is constructed from the 2010 United States Census and places a color coded dot for each of the geolocated (by address) 308,745,528 persons…